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Hi, I'm Elise, the owner of Sole Impact Studios and co-owner of The Big Blue Center for Expressive Arts. After living in Boone for over 30 years, I am proud to consider myself a local.

Kyle (my husband) and I dreamed of creating a community center where local artists and performers could join together to share space, ideas and a passion for the arts. In the summer of 2018 this became a reality with the opening of The Big Blue! When you stop by to see us, you'll know how the building got its name! 

Kyle and I are both graduates of Appalachian State University. We have been married since 2006 and love raising our family here in the High Country. 

Sole Impact is just one part of The Big Blue and a dance studio where everyone is welcome. We offer many art forms here and know you will find something you love. 

Also here at The Big Blue is Common Ground Martial Arts Academy. We also have a music studio and art studio where music lessons are given and beautiful art is made! If you're looking for a space to have a birthday party, hold a youth group event, or have a fun contra-dance, let us know! Visit: to make a reservation. 

The Big Blue is a place where everyone is welcome, because we are all artists. So please stop by the center to say hi, reach out to us on social media, or feel free to shoot us an email!

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Check out the article featuring Elise and Sole Impact in the All About Women Magazine!  

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